Over a bowl of Heart-Healthy Cherrios and a freshly brewed Cup-O-Joe from my newly arrived Keurig, I saw the following: National Clown Shortage Has Trade Groups Frowning. Now that is a headline that is sure to get your attention.
But, as with most sensational reports, the crisis is overhyped. Why just yesterday in Washington, D.C., there was a news report that over 40 senators and congressmen were observed clamoring to get into a single Toyota. They later tried a new Chevrolet City Express in an attempt to appear more Buy American friendly. Not mentioned is that the City Express is built by Nissan. Oh well.
As it turns out, there are not-to-well hidden reserves of clowns in Washington D.C., and most of the state capitols and at not just a few at our major news outlets. Led by Megyn (Jesus is a white man) Kelly and Brit (Christies problems are because of feminization of the workplace) Hume. Add Lizzie (feminists are a national security threat) Hasselbeck and a host of others, it appears that Fox (fair and balanced?) News has created a big top where all three rings are full of whimsy and fantasy.
So, fear not my friends, there is no shortage of clowns in this country. While they may not all wear the face paint, except for Megyn, they certainly bring the circus with them wherever they land.
-- Bob Carnot
Autism insurance coverage
Autism is a word that seems to be buzzing around so often these days. There are so many amazing therapies out there that can help these children on their road to recovery. Unfortunately, so many are unaffordable since most insurance companies do not cover them. Autism is an epidemic in this country with one in 88 children affected. But there is something everyone of us can do.
Politics is often a dirty word. We have lost so much faith in the system that was meant to serve and protect us. But maybe now is the time to be the change we want to see. Make the system work for our children by calling your state representatives and let them know its time to vote for Avas Law. Its a bill in the Senate, SB 191, that will require insurance coverage for the therapies that will make the most difference in the lives of these children. Theres no time like the present to improve the life of a child.
-- Shelley Price
No judicial right
It is deplorable when American soldiers come home from wars seeking jobs, health care services and stability and are forced into homeless shelters or live in the woods or in an under the bridge community. It is very sad when in our own communities and our country, we have to be afraid for our lives because human dignity is not regarded as precious as the animal rights.
When law enforcement is so lazy, they cant even clean up our streets and remove dead animals on mostly poor community streets, as well as the highways, that they arrogantly speed on; when we lose our jobs and/or our reputations as a result of falsely being arrested and/or accused of crimes we never committed; it costs money to seek to repair and to rebuild ones life after some law enforcement abuse their title to serve and protect.
This is not the Wild Wild West and law enforcement does not have a judicial right to show up on a persons job on a presumption, disrupt that private citizens place of work, aggressively use verbal language and personal opinions to escalate the situation to build charges against that private citizen. That is abuse of authority, whether or not it is recognized as such at this time. At some point, law enforcement is going to become the downfall and division of this country as we have lost lives and limbs abroad and at home to avoid this.
-- Debra J Marshall
The residents and taxpayers of Bibb County are facing more anti-competitive actions from our Medical Center. As discussed many times, the many divisions from Carlyle Place to its rehab center are tax free and compete with Coliseum Hospital, which pays approximately $1 million to Bibb County for the privilege of delivering its services. The Medical Center would owe three times that. You and I are forced to subsidize its existence.
Now its president is proceeding to stop providing ambulance service and allowing it to be assumed by another service. That is going to allow for a virtually non-competitive pricing system.
A far better situation would be to sell that division to allow for competition. They own or lease the ambulances and buildings they operate. Since they are located close to all of them, does that mean more real estate is to be vacant? How many jobs will be lost? What is the economic impact?
-- Joe Hubbard
On behalf of Macon-Bibb residents I would like to extend my sincere apology to the citizens of Warner Robins. Your concern of no response from local government and the NAACP is not foreign to us either. Your letter published in The Telegraph No wash for hate crime has caught me by surprise. How in the world did it pass the censor? Macon-Bibb residents have been plagued for years, in fact the beating of Robert Adam Sorrow back in 2003, covered by The Telegraph, died because of lack of interest. To my knowledge murder has no limits and hate crime does not apply with black on white crime.
The only recourse is to hold our elected representatives responsible for gross neglect, as well as the NAACP. You know they can be sued for damages to life, limb and property. Again sorry for our blight bleed over, we must address this problem head-on.
-- Daniel E. Lee
The latest statistics from Oregon are that they received $160 million of our dollars to lead the nation in Obamacare and so far have not signed up a single payee. The GAO is now involved and is going to investigate why? Lot of good that will do.
How does this make Catherine Meeks feel after berating Georgia last November for not being like Oregon. I have seen nothing from her on this subject despite at least two opinions that I have read.
Being a good progressive liberal, this is not a topic she wants to discuss so she will do the norm and ignore it.
Time for Frank to jump on the excuse train and help her out -- or has he taken the latest suggestion to leave and moved to the England that he so dearly loves?
-- Dennis Solari
Too far right
The Telegraph has tilted too far to the right in your columnist contributors. How about a more fair and balanced representation. Also, you need to send Michelle Malkin back to wherever you got her from.
-- John Smith
I have not been able to find any evidence that a movie theater ever existed on Hardman Avenue, at the bottom of the road across from Rackley Animal Hospital. If you look at the theater ads from the 40s it should be listed.
-- Bennie Sweat
Breaking news: The elite media declared that no Republican presidential candidate can defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton and therefore she will automatically replace President Obama in 2016. Her and Bill will lead us to the land of milk and honey, with single payer health care, higher taxes, more welfare and a jump in pantsuits sales. Let the good times roll.
-- Chet Lambert
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, in this new year, help me to treat all people equally and with the respect they deserve. Regardless of their color, race or nationality. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
-- Grady Sneed
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